Armand J. Piron

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Armand J. Piron
Birth nameArmand John Piron
Born(1888-08-16)August 16, 1888
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 1943(1943-02-17) (aged 54)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
GenresJazz, Dixieland
Years active1904–1935

Armand John "A.J." Piron (August 16, 1888 – February 17, 1943) was an American jazz violinist who led a dance band during the 1920s.[1][2]


In 1915, Piron and Clarence Williams started the Piron and Williams Publishing Company. In their first year of business they published Piron's composition, "I Wish That I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate", which became his biggest hit.[citation needed]

After touring briefly with W.C. Handy in 1917, Piron started an orchestra which included Lorenzo Tio, Steve Lewis,[3] John Lindsay, and Peter Bocage.[4] The theme song of the orchestra was "The Purple Rose of Cairo", written by Piron and Steve Lewis.[5][3] In 1923, Piron took his band to New York City.[4][6]


  1. ^ Morton, Brian; Cook, Richard (4 November 2010). The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums. Penguin. pp. 81–. ISBN 978-0-14-195900-9. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  2. ^ "A.J. Piron (1888-1943)". Red Hot Jazz Archive. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  3. ^ a b "French Creoles". Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  4. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Armand Piron". AllMusic. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Purple Rose of Cairo | Tulane University Digital Library". Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  6. ^ "Armand Piron's New Orleans Orchestra". Red Hot Jazz Archive. Retrieved August 1, 2020.